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Nutrition Programs

DC residents choosing fresh produce

IMPORTANT: For up-to-date information about food resources during COVID-19, visit: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food.

COVID-19 Response Efforts NEW!

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

DC WIC provides the support you need to keep your family healthy.

Am I eligible for WIC?

What foods can I buy?

  • DC WIC has a new food list! New DC WIC Approved Foods
  • Note: If a WIC participant is having trouble finding WIC-issued formula at the grocery store, they should speak to the store manager to see when shipments are scheduled and whether items (such as formula) can be put on hold for them.

Where can I shop?

  • For a full list of DC WIC store locations click here.
  • Be sure to bring your WIC ID folder to the store in order to spend your WIC benefits. If you do not bring your WIC ID folder, you cannot spend your WIC benefits. To learn more about using your WIC benefits at the grocery store, watch the following video here.

Where can I learn more?

  • For additional information on the DC WIC program, visit www.dcwic.org

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

  • CSFP has increased its distribution to homebound seniors.
  • The current CSFP certification period has been extended by 90 days.
  • Current CSFP participants that have not received their monthly food box please call the Capital Area Food Bank at 202-644-9880.
  • For more information on CSFP/Grocery Plus program updates, please visit: https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response/.

Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

Local Nutrition Assistance Programs

  • The Produce Plus Program provides DC residents with low-income up to $20 per week to purchase local produce at Farmers Markets across the city.
  • Produce Prescription Program (PRx) formerly known as Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx), supports medical professionals in the District to prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables to patients experiencing diet-related chronic illnesses (diabetes, pre-diabetes, and hypertension) and food insecurity.
  • The Healthy Corner Stores Partnership empowers small businesses in underserved neighborhoods to stock and sell nutritious, affordable foods, in turn making it easier for residents to purchase healthy, fresh options.
  • Joyful Food Markets are monthly free markets at 53 elementary schools in Ward 7 and 8. Students receive 23 pounds of produce and healthy pantry items in a supportive, education-focused environment.
  • Home Delivered Meals provides medically-tailored meals to homebound DC residents and their caregivers. The service is available to patients with chronic diseases, including poorly managed diabetes upon recommendation of their health care provider.
  • Mobile Markets bring fresh produce to all parts of the District with an emphasis on  communities facing barriers to food access.
Service Contact: 
Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-9397
Contact Fax: 
(202) 535-1710
Contact TTY: 
711
Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm